ICC Trophy 1997 – The Beginning

Posted: March 18, 2011 in Sports@BD
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Deep in the Cricinfo archives there are records of almost every tournament ever played.  Deep within those archives, under the tagline of Associate Tournaments, is the mention of a small tournament called Carlsberg ICC Trophy 1997, Malaysia. Very few in the 9 test playing nations even know about that tournament. But for the 10th one, it is the most important tournament of its cricketing history. Because that tiny little tournament gave birth to a tiger cub.

It’s hard to find out all the details of it today. But thanks to cricinfo, the results are still here and so are the stories. Whatever we miss out in the writing please give us back in the comments. It was called the Carlsberg ICC Trophy. The tournament took place between March 14 to April 19. And this is how it turned out.

Day One – Monday, March 24:
Bangladesh played their first match. They were in group B with Denmark, UAE, Malaysia, West Africa and Argentina (You read that right, Argentina!). Bangladesh beat Argentina by 5 wickets on their first match. Argentina Scored 138 in 48.3 overs and Bangladesh crossed the mark in the 24th over. Naimur Rahman, the MoM, scored a 37 ball 53 and took 3 wickets while conceding 21 runs only. [Full Scorecard]

Day Two – Tuesday, March 25:
Bangladesh took on West Africa and pulverized them. In 39.1 overs, the west African Innings was wrapped up for a meager 82. Only three of their batsmen managed to reach double figures and none of them crossed 20. The highest score was 16, which came from the extras. Within 19.4 overs Bangladesh wrapped the match. Minhajul Abedin was adjudged MoM. Surprisingly, it was for his bowling. He took 3 for 8 runs in 5 overs. [Full Scorecard]

Day Four – Thursday, March 27:
Bangladesh took an easy victory over Denmark. Denmark’s 98 was chased down by Bangladesh in 33 overs. Aminul Islam took home the MoM honors with his 53 ball 33. [Full Scorecard]

Day Six – Saturday, March 29:
Defending champions UAE slipped closer to elimination in a big loss to Bangladesh. Fortunately, the whole match report is available. And here it is.

Report from Dawn

Bangladesh beat UAE to enter Q-finals

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29: Bangladesh moved into the quarter-final round of the ICC Trophy with a one-sided win over the United Arab Emirates here, Saturday. Defending ICC Trophy champions UAE were expected to dish out a strong challenge, but in the end Bangladesh sauntered to a handsome 110-run win to book their berth in the final eight.

Bangladesh who are seeking to atone for their failures of the past, were in no mood to allow UAE, who played at the last World Cup, from spoiling a party they hope to gatecrash in 1999. The Bangladeshis have never played in the company of the Test-playing nations at the World Cup. The closest they came to qualifying was at the 1990 ICC Trophy in Holland, when they entered the finals but were beaten by Zimbabwe. Since then, Zimbabwe have joined the ranks of the Test-playing nations and the World Cup has increased its patronage by allowing three associate members to qualify.

At the last ICC Trophy in Kenya, Bangladesh floundered in the semi-finals losing to Kenya and then to the horror of the country’s cricket-crazy fans, they were pipped by Holland in the third place play-off. Coached by former West Indian Test opener Gordon Greenidge, Bangladesh are now determined to forget previous setbacks and instead are focused on the job of earning one of the three places open for associate members at the 1999 World Cup in England. Bangladesh’s bowling attack saw them remain unbeaten in the preliminary round, Saturday.Defending a total of 205, Bangladesh bowled UAE out for 95 in the 35th over, to ensure their quarter-final berth.

Kenya also booked their place with a 119-run victory over Ireland. Maurice Odumbe hit a scintillating 99 off 121 balls as Kenya piled on 247 for seven in 50 overs. In reply, the Irish could only manage a meagre 128 for nine in their allotted overs. Meanwhile Denmark beat Argentina by 150 runs to also move in sight of a quarter-final berth.

Enamul Hoque was the MoM for his 37 runs and two wickets. [Full Scorecard]

Day Seven – Sunday, March 30:
Bangladesh closed their last group match by beating Malaysia by 58 runs. Minhajul Abedin again found himself on the MoM stand. [Full Scorecard]

The final points table from group B

Group B
Bangladesh 5 5 10
Denmark 5 4 1 8
United Arab Emirates 5 3 2 6
Malaysia 5 2 3 4
West Africa 5 1 4 2
Argentina 5 5 0

And the tournament moved onto the QF rounds. It was again a group match stage where Bangladesh were playing with Ireland, Hong Kong and Netherlands.

[To be Continued]


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